Hiking in Malaga: The Best Hiking Routes to Discover Malaga’s Nature

The hiking routes in Malaga are very varied. You only have to consider how, in just a few minutes, you can find yourself on the beach or surrounded by mountains. Malaga’s terrain provides you with hiking routes for children and adults, by the rivers or in the mountains, for beginners or experts. But one thing is for sure: fun, natural beauty and experiences are assured.

Do you want to know which local hiking routes we recommend you in Alcazaba Premium Hostel? Prepare the backpack, boots, sun protection and water, because we go hiking in Malaga!

  1. Mount Gribalfaro
  2. Sendero Torrijos
  3. La Rahige

1) Hiking in Malaga: A Route Through Mount Gibralfaro

This short path starts almost at the door of our hostel in Malaga downtown. It traverses emblematic places such as Gibralfaro Castle, its pine forests and varied viewpoints. Besides, this path surrounds the Alcazaba and ends at the little known Puerta Oscura Gardens and the recently restored Roman Theatre.

If you are new to hiking in Malaga, there is no better option than this route. Adults and children will learn and discover the local history while they wander more than 2000 years of history. The Gibralfaro Castle, 1340; the Alcazaba, 1063; the Roman Theatre, 7th century B.C.; all of this without forgetting that all these monuments and historical remains are based on the ancient Phoenician city of Malaka. In fact, what today is the castle, the centre of interest of this hiking route in Malaga, housed the Phoenician lighthouse before. The name of this enclave derives from this construction: Jbel-Faro literally means “lighthouse mountain”.

Let us recommend you our favourite hiking route in Malaga. From Alcazabilla street, head north toward Plaza de la Merced. From there, walk up Mundo Nuevo street and enter the pine forest area to easily walk up to the top of Mount Gibralfaro, crowned with its castle. When you reach the top, you could visit the castle or enjoy the panoramic view of Malaga from the various viewpoints. During the descent, you will pass through Puerta Oscura Gardens. You can finish your hiking route here with a visit to the Alcazaba and an energizing meal at Batik restaurant in our boutique hostel.

2) Sendero Torrijos: Hiking Route Through the Natural Park Montes de Malaga

This hiking route in Malaga is located in the heart of the Natural Park Montes de Malaga. Each step brings you closer to the history and life of this capital area. The Sendero Torrijos (a trail) is a route of no more than a kilometre, but you can make it longer if you want, thanks to the extensive network of paths that forms the natural park. If you seek adventures and look forward to experience the trekking in Malaga, this is your chance. The starting point is the Lagar de Torrijos (a winepress), built in 1843. Today it has become an Ecomuseum where you can learn everything about wine, bread and oil production in a traditional way.

Furthermore, this hiking route through the Montes de Malaga goes along the Arroyo Chaperas (a stream) and it has a barbecue area where you can enjoy outdoors with the whole family and friends during the autumn and winter seasons, when the risk of fire finishes (we recommend to consult the authorities).

The most adventurous can spend the night in the restricted camping area of Torrijos. A perfect way to completely discover this spot, to traverse more close paths and to find the remains of ancient winepresses, such as Benefique, or buried jars, where must was stored to its fermentation.

An authentic hiking route through the history of the Montes de Malaga.

3) La Rahige, a Trekking Route in Malaga by the Almanchares River

This trekking route in Malaga is a true marvel for the senses and still, for better or worse, a secret to many people. The footbridges of El Saltillo and the environment of La Rahige are located in the villages of Canillas de Aceituno and Sedella, in the north-eastern corner of La Axarquía region. At the foot of the Sierra de Tejeda (mountains), famous for its Tejeda peak (more popularly known as La Maroma), this route traverses the course of the river Almanchares.

The most experimented hiking groups in Malaga recommend starting at the town hall of Canillas de Aceituno toward the peak of the mountains. When you reach a ditch, you’ll know you are on the right track. This is where a flat path begins toward the area of La Rahige. The different footbridges leave Canillas de Aceituno behind in the direction of Sedella and a magnificent panoramic view of La Axarquía opens up with La Viñuela reservoir as a backdrop.

The footbridges are secure, despite the visible deterioration, but it is also important to know that these footbridges can be avoided at the most difficult stretches by means of a parallel path leading to the destination. The Almanchares river and its crystal-clear pools offer the opportunity to take a deserved and refreshing bath.

This hiking route in Malaga also gives us another perspective of the local flora and fauna. Here you can see pines, wild olive trees, esparto grass, thyme and palmetto, among other plant species. But the looks focus on the mountain goat, which can easily be seen in the environment (especially in the early hours of the day). Other inhabitants of the area are the wild boar, more elusive, the eagles or the griffon vulture.

Now all that’s left is choosing which hiking route in Malaga you like best or which one you want to start with. You have already seen that Malaga has hiking routes for children, easy, technical, hiking routes by the rivers or in the mountains, etc. We won’t say these are the best hiking routes in Malaga. You will decide that. What is clear is that, after visiting these places and enclaves, you will have a broader and deeper vision of the province, its nature and its history.

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